Apps for Writing Better Papers and Essays

Today I’ll share 15 apps and websites that might help you become a better writer. Some are huge, multi-faceted programs, while others are more single-purpose and can help with organizing research, planning, gaining motivation, or editing.

If you'd like even more resources to help with other aspects of your education, you'll find even more websites, apps, and tools over at the Resources page.

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  • Coggle – a free mind-mapping tool that can help you organize ideas. pay to upgrade.
  • Storyline Creator – a mapping tool that’s built around individual characters and the flow of events in a story.
  • Evernote – my second brain. Pretty much everything I write starts out as a note here. Here’s another article I wrote with additional Evernote tips.
  • Scrivener – a full-fledged application for writing a novel. This is what I finished writing 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades with.
  • Novlr – a new alternative to Scrivener. It seems like it has a nicer design, but fewer features. I found some recommendations for it on the NaNoWriMo forums.
  • Byword – a minimalist Markdown editor for OS X. You don’t need to know Markdown to use it… but Markdown is really easy to learn.
  • Twinword Writer – a tool with a built-in thesaurus that suggests alternative words when you pause in your writing.
  • Mendeley –It's a free tool that can help you manage research documents and PDFs.
  • editMinion – a tool that can analyze your writing and pick out weak and over-used words. It can also tell you if your sentences are too short or long.
  • Coffitivity – plays coffee shop noises to give you a nice working atmosphere – a good alternative to white noise generators.
  • Grammarly -

 

 

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